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In the all-new Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery, the third and final installment of the popular series, join industry expert and award-winning author Deke McClelland for an in-depth tour of the most powerful and empowering features of Photoshop CS5. Discover the vast possibilities of traditional tools, such as masking and blend modes, and then delve into Smart Objects, Photomerge, as well as the new Puppet Warp, Mixer Brush, and HDR features. Exercise files accompany the course.
Recommended prerequisites: Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Fundamentals and Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Advanced.
I went ahead and saved my Outline Magazine as Extracted magazine.psd just so you can checkout the path outline, if you have a mind to. For our next project we are going to try something little more complicated and it's going to seem daunting, so deep breaths. We are going to move onto this guy right there, this light bulb and here's what we're doing. I will go ahead and turn off those top two layers for a moment here and what I've done is I've taken this image from Silvio De Boni of the Fotolia Image Library, and what I wanted to do was take this bulb right here, go ahead and select it and put an outer glow behind it. And notice that it's a separated outer glow, we'll discuss that over the course of this project, and then I put an extracted bulb, just the bulb by itself in front of that glow and notice that the bulb has a vector Based mask.
Now on first blush, this mask might seem a little daunting. After all it's very smooth, very precise, it's absolutely symmetrical over the top portion of light bulb and then we go down into this horrifying territory here with these little bumps and nodules and then things are not entirely symmetrical down at the bottom. Anyway it's a very precise curving path outline, just a moment ago we got done drawing a free-form polygon, now right out the gate we are supposed to draw this.
Well we are not going to be using the Pen tool that much for this project. Instead, we are going to be drawing most of the light bulb using a couple of very simple tools and those are the Ellipse tool and the Rectangle tool and believe it or not, you can use those simple shape tools in order to construct relatively complex path outlines like this one here. So let's get to it. I'm going move on to the unmasked version of this image which is called Light bulb on blue.jpg and the first thing we are going to do is we are going to jump this guy to a new layer.
So press Ctrl+Alt+J, Cmd+Option+J on the Mac and we'll call this layer bulb because I think that makes sense and then I am also going to add a layer of white behind it. So I will click on the background layer once again, press Ctrl+Shift+N, Cmd+Shift+N on the Mac and call this layer white because that's what its going to be and then white is my background color, so I am going to press Ctrl+Backspace or Cmd+Delete on a Mac in order to fill that area with white, that entire layer, and that will allow us to see what we are doing as we mess this bulb. All right so select the bulb layer and we are going to be drawing a vector mask.
So I want you to do drop down to Add layer mask icon and I want you to Control+click on it or Cmd+click on it on the Mac and we now have a vector mask ready for us to throw some vectors inside of. The first vector we will add, will be in Ellipse. So go ahead and select the Ellipse tool, go up to the Options bar and you should see that this time the second icon is selected. And when I say this time, you may be thinking, well it was last time when we used the Pen tools as well. It's not the normal behavior when you're drawing with a shape tool. Normally when you're drawing with a shape tool, you'll see this icon selected because you'll be drawing shape layers, but if you've already thrown up a vector mask as we have, then Photoshop is smart enough to say, oh you're working inside that vector mask, so I will automatically switch you over to the Paths option.
All right, now go ahead and draw a circle around the top portion of the light bulb. So press the Shift key as you're drawing, and you'll want to use the Spacebar in order to align that circle with the light bulb. Notice that the light bulb goes a little outside of that highlighted area. So it goes into that dark area a little bit and I can't point to it because of growing the shape right now, but I'm talking about the top left side of the light bulb, and once you think you have got this thing aligned as I think I do, go ahead and release your mouse button and then release the Shift key, so throughout the course of drawing this shape you're constraining it to circle.
All right now we can see that we've selected a circular portion of the light bulb, and it's against this nice white background but we can't see the light bulb anymore. And you have two options available to you, if you want to reveal the light bulb but still be able to keep track of which portion is selected and which isn't. You could go ahead and reduce the opacity of the white layers, so you would select it and change it to a different opacity value. Or you can change the density of the mask that you're working on. I'm going to go the density route, just because it's exotic. So I will bring up the Masks panel by clicking on that mask icon or you can go up to the Window menu and choose the Mask command and if that's not enough, if you loaded dekeKeys, you have a keyboard, shortcut of Alt+F10 or Option+F10 on the Mac, and I'm going to take this density value all the way down to 50.
So that I'm getting a 50/50 mix of this white and the light bulb in the background, because otherwise the light bulb is pretty difficult to see, if you take it any higher that is. All right so far so good. It looks like we've done a great job of selecting the top of light bulb, but what about the rest to the bulb? Where is that shape tool that's going to draw this sloping side and take us down into the edges of this electrical works and so on? How in the world are we going select those items? Well, very carefully but relatively simply as you will learn starting in the next exercise.
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